i) Take the survey on digital connectivity
The National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI), with the support of the FUW, Wales YFC, NFU Cymru & CLA Cymru, has launched a survey with the aim of gathering a picture of members’ access to broadband and mobile phone connectivity.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of digital connectivity has significantly increased for work and personal reasons.
According to a report published by Ofcom in December 2020, 18,000 homes in Wales are unable to access decent broadband, which is defined as provided download speeds of 10 Mbp/s and upload speeds of 1 MBp/s.
The survey is completely anonymous and is open to anyone aged 16 and over until 31st March.
ii) ‘The Big Farming Survey’ – RABI to deliver insight into the issues impacting farming people
On 11th January 2021, RABI launched the largest ever research project across Wales and England relating to the wellbeing of farming people. This wide-ranging survey will consider for the first time the relationship between physical health, mental wellbeing and the health of farm businesses.
With mounting external pressures, this vital research will provide the most comprehensive overview of the farming community. It will identify the specific challenges that a generation of farming people face, as well as highlighting how these impact daily life.
The FUW is supporting this important initiative and encourages everyone to get involved
in this research and reach the target of 26,000 survey responses.
Goals of the #BigFarmingSurvey
- To understand the wellbeing of a farming generation
- To understand the health of our farmers and their businesses
- To gain insights into external impacts and pressures
- To shape future support and services
Who can take part: Farmers, farm workers, their spouses and adult-aged children
When: 11th January - 31st March 2021
Please set aside 15 minutes to take part by responding to the printed survey or
completing the online form in Welsh or English.
iii) BeefQ Survey on the perception of beef eating quality
In the last two years of the BeefQ project, work has focussed on characterising the carcasses submitted for slaughter in Wales and developing a system for predicting beef eating quality based on the Australian MSA system, but verified using UK beef samples and consumer taste tests.
The consumer taste panel work revealed that people say they are willing to pay double for the highest quality product and the beef eating quality prediction model now has the potential to lead to a guaranteed standard of eating quality and increase consumer confidence in Welsh Beef.
Now this work has been successfully completed, the project enters a new and critical phase – that of consultation with Welsh and broader UK farming and food industries to gauge the desire/ need for a beef eating quality prediction system and to consider how such a system might be implemented.
The BeefQ project team would therefore encourage anyone working in the beef supply chain (farmers, abattoirs, butchers, retail), as well as catering and hospitality sectors, to complete the survey. The responses will contribute to recommendations on the system’s feasibility, if and how it could be implemented and the barriers perceived in doing so.
To participate in the survey, please go to http://www.beefq.wales/survey.html
iv) Questionnaire on the identification and risk factors associated tick prevalence in ruminants
Ms Sheeza Iqbal, a Masters student at Hartpury University is undertaking research on the identification and risk factors associated with high tick prevalence in ruminants.
This research will contribute to the science towards controlling tick infestations and raise awareness of the diseases that ticks can spread.
All responses will be kept anonymous.